The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic brought education out of the classroom and into the homes of many families. While schools remained closed, parents had an up-close look at their children’s education like never before. Issues such as Critical Race Theory and inappropriate lesson plans concerned many parents, sparking a national call for curriculum transparency in school districts across the country.
There is a strong American majority advocating for greater parental involvement in education. A recent Rasmussen poll found that 84 percent of voters believe that parents should be able to see all curriculum plans and materials for classes their children take with 56 percent of voters strongly supported curriculum transparency. This would mean that parents would have access to teacher lesson plans, book excerpts, and videos shown in class.
Additionally, 68 percent of voters surveyed believe that public schools are lowering standards, rather than expecting stronger performance from students.
Meanwhile, 56 percent of those surveyed believe that public school boards do not respect the role of parents.